There's no better way to relax and appreciate your surroundings than to paddle board down one of
Crested Butte's local rivers, the Slate River. In June as the snow is melting, the rivers run fast and
fun, while later in the summer the ride is much more relaxed. If you'd like to spend a day on Blue
Mesa, we can arrange that too.
The Slate River is one of Crested Butte's local rivers that is often accessed for SUPing and other
floating adventures. The Slate River meanders through public and private property, critical wildlife
habitat, high-quality wetlands, and agricultural lands grazed by livestock.
Since your safety is one of our main concerns, too high of flows can lead to unsafe conditions and
the inability to float under bridges. On the other hand, too low of flows will leave you dragging your
craft along the river bottom, making for an undesirable river experience. Depending on the water
conditions when you book your trip, the Slate River may or may not be an option.
Additionally, the stretch of river from the Gunsight Bridge to the Rec. Path Bridge has a voluntary
no-float period until July 15th due to the critical nesting period of the Great Blue Heron Rookery.
For more information, visit the Crested Butte Land Trust's website here.
To read about the Crested Butte Land Trust's 2019 Floating Management Plan, click here!